I've been having a hard time finding pipe cleaners at my local drugstores and "Big Box" store. It's a 40 mile round trip into town to the nearest B&M tobacco store, so I have to stock up when I find them. I remembered that some folks use pipe cleaners for arts and crafts (imagine that), so I checked out a hobby store close to the house and hit the "mother load" of pipe cleaners! They had all colors, shapes, and sizes. and for cheap! They are about 12" long, so I plan on cutting them in half and doubling my investment. They're not as firm as Dill's, but they'll get the job done. Just thought I'd share with the forum, in case someone else was in the same predicament.